Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Mama V's 30th Bday Spread

First, thank you all so much for your kind words on our miscarriage post.  I got a lot of personal reach outs from people that have experienced similar things, so it really goes to show that we're not alone.  I had blood work again this week, and we're still not completely clear of the process after almost 2 weeks, but I'm optimistic that my body is doing its thing and we'll be ready to try again in a few months.

I've been wanting to share with you pictures from my birthday weekend with my parents, but they didn't seem to fit in all my vegan mofo posts.  So, here are a bunch of awesome things my parents cooked while we were home for Labor Day.  Mama V was in the kitchen experimenting like usual, and we had some super tasty eats!

My mom found this amazing Greek salad in a magazine, and the only non-vegan item in the recipe was feta.  So, she threw that on the side for those that wanted it and put together this hearty bean salad.  It had lentils, chickpeas, olives, and veggies.  Definitely a winner.

We grabbed some eggplant from mom's garden and sauteed them with a little curry powder and olive oil.  Then, she pulled out some home made bean burgers and we had a feast!

My parents keep Earth Balance in the house for me because they're awesome.

This was what we had for lunch as soon as we got to my parents' house.  Talk about hearty!!  It fueled us through hours and hours of swimming.

For dinner that night, we did BBQ tofu and corn, and I had mine on a bed of wilted spinach topped with salsa verde.  The first month of my pregnancy I could not get enough spinach.  I think we went through at least two of the huge organic tubs a week.

The spoiling really continued the next morning, when I realized my dad had made an entire loaf of home made cinnamon bread.  Talk about delicious.  I slathered it with vegan butter and went to town.  I also made a tasty tofu scramble that was devoured by the whole family.

My mom and I prepped and puttered in the kitchen most of the day.  We didn't really eat lunch because of our huge breakfast, and we were excited about these tempeh ribs!  I boiled them first, then marinated them in BBQ sauce all afternoon.  Then, we baked them.

We're not really strict on recipes at my parents' house, so I just cooked these at about 400 degrees until they got crispy on the edges.

My mom also made a killer corn and grain salad and some vegetarian baked beans.  Dinner was ready!

We also had a slaw and my watermelon salad on the side.  I know everyone is looking forward to fall and pumpkin everything, but I definitely don't want to forget all the tasty treats that really scream summer.  Believe me, though, I'm full fall steam ahead.  Friday, I'll be sharing with you our first trip out into the woods!

Have you ever made tempeh ribs?  What was your favorite dish you cooked all summer?  Leave me a comment!


  1. Those are some really great plates you have there! Nice! I'm new(er) to your blog and would love to connect! Always looking for veggie friends :) I'm over at

  2. This is very simple, but so effective! I love the design and I will definitely make one for myself:) Have a nice day


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